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2020-21 Foundation Directors

The greatest asset of every successful organization is its people. The Quesnel Community Foundation is no exception. 

 Mary Sjostrom - President 

Mary and her husband Butch have resided in Quesnel for the past 40 years and have 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Mary is a former Licensed Practical Nurse and owner of Mary's Gifts for 18 years prior to serving 15 years on Quesnel City Council including 9 years as City Councillor and 6 years as Mayor. While serving with Local Government, Mary was elected to the North Central Local Government Association and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities as Director and President and is a Life Member of both organizations.

Mary has always been a Community Volunteer and has served on the Chamber of Commerce, Pallative Care Association, Quesnel Rotary, Shiraoi Twinning Society, BC Winter Games, and Relay for Life. Mary is currently serving on the Board of Governors of College of New Caledonia as Vice Chair of Regions and as Passenger Transportation Board Member. Mary served as a Steering Committee Member for the Quesnel Community Foundation and was very excited to join the Foundation Board and serve as Board President. Mary feels that this is a great way to give back to the Community through this wonderful organization.

 Bruce Broughton - Vice President

Bruce was born in Quesnel and is the fourth generation of his family to live in the area.  He has been co-owner of Willis Harper Hardware & Furniture for the past 17 years, and has served as president of the Downtown Business Association for 12 years. 

Bruce was the vice-chair of the Quesnel Economic Development Corporation for two years, and treasurer of the Quesnel Goldpanners hockey team for 15 years.

Married with two sons and has three grandchildren, Bruce is proud of our community and, in addition to hockey, enjoys hiking local areas. Bruce enjoys working with the other directors on the Foundation Board

 Laurie Rice - Treasurer

Laurie Rice, a Chartered Professional Accountant, has worked in the Agriculture, Oil and Gas, and the Heavy Equipment Sectors in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon before moving to Quesnel in 1990.  Laurie and her husband Ed Coleman have 5 adult children that all benefited from growing up in our wonderful community of Quesnel.

She worked for 25 years with School District 28, starting out as an Accounts Payable Clerk and spent the last 10 years as Manager of Finance/Controller, retiring in 2015.

Since retiring from the School District, she has served as Wildfire Business Ambassador and Wildfire Business Transition Program Coordinator with Community Futures North Cariboo.

Her volunteer work includes the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life and Daffodil Campaign Committees, President of the Quesnel Ladies Curling Club, and Emergency Support Services.  Laurie is very excited to have the opportunity to be involved with the Foundation and looks forward to working with the Quesnel Community Foundation team.

 Bob Salmons - Director 

Bob attended the University of Victoria and BC Institute of Technology before going to work in the pulp and paper industry.  He and his wife Eileen moved to Quesnel in 1972 for the startup of Cariboo Pulp and Paper Company.  He held several positions and was Technical Manager when he retired in 2008. 

Volunteer experience includes many years as a coach, manager and executive with the Quesnel Minor Hockey Association, 18 years with the City of Quesnel's Environmental Advisory Committee, Board member and President of the Bowron Lake Enhancement Society, Board member and President of the Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association.

Bob has two grown sons, two daughters-in-law and four grand-kids.  He enjoys golfing and camping in the summer and curling and watching his grandsons play hockey in the winter. 


  Graeme Armstrong - Director

Graeme Armstrong, a Certified Financial Planner was born and raised in Quesnel.  The ARmstrong family have lived in the Bouchie Lake area since 1921.  He and his wife Trine have 5 children, ranging in age from 9 to 17. They enjoy hockey and skiing in the winter and camping in the summer.

Graeme has worked as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones since 2008.  He helps local families plan for retirement and the costs of post secondary education.  Prior to this he worked at West Fraser as an accountant.

He has served as director with the Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce, including two years as President.  For the last few years, Graeme has been working with the Quesnel Community Foundation Investment Committee. 


 Adrian Monych- Director

Adrian is a retired teacher and Principal. 

With his wife Judy, Adrian moved to Quesnel in 1971 and began his career teaching Social Studies at Cariboo Junior High School. He also taught at Quesnel Junior Secondary School and Correlieu Secondary School. While at Correlieu he coached volleyball and basketball. In the early 1990’s he moved to Maple Drive Junior Secondary as the Vice Principal. After one year at Maple Drive, he went to Kersley Elementary as Principal.  After two years he became the Principal of Maple Drive Junior Secondary and remained there until June of 2000. In July of 2000, Adrian became the Principal of Correlieu Secondary School and continued in that position until he retired in June of 2006.

Adrian and Judy enjoy golf, gardening, roaming in their fifth wheel and spending time with their families. They pulled the fifth wheel across Canada all the way to Newfoundland in the first summer of retirement and they always enjoy spending time with their grandchildren in Calgary.

Judy and Adrian intended to live in Quesnel for a few years and move back to the lower mainland. Fortunately this was not to be. They fell in love with Quesnel and raised their two children, Jennifer and Michael, here. “We have found the people in Quesnel to be incredibly supportive. Our community supports a wide variety of causes and readily comes to the aid of people”. 

    Doug Service - Director

Doug was raised in Kamloops and graduated from Kam High in 1965.  While in high school Doug played basketball and started his career as a referee.

While at UBC, Doug met and married Sally; after graduation they moved to Quesnel – both he and Sally accepted teaching positions here, expecting to stay perhaps a year or two.  Their two children, Heather and David, were born in Quesnel, they built their first home at Dragon Lake in 1975 where they live to this day.

As an educator, Doug taught PE, Math, and Social Studies and was a Counsellor at Maple Drive, and Correlieu.  From 1988 – 1996, Doug held administrative positions at Maple Drive, Parkland and Red Bluff Elementary Schools.  Until retirement, Doug continued with his commitment to basketball in 'the North' - coaching both boys and girls teams from Grade 8 through Grade 12, and refereeing whenever and wherever he was needed.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the Quesnel Basketball Officials' Association, and was president from 1985-90.  He received recognition as the Official of the Year from both the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials' and Basketball BC.  In recognition of his involvement in basketball, he was named to the Quesnel Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.  For the past 2 years, he coached his grandson's team at Carson Elementary!

Doug's community involvement has extended beyond School District 28.  He was a member of the Dragon Lake Improvement District and has served as a member of the CRD Area A Advisory Committee for 35 years.  Since retiring in 2005, he has been an active member of the Quesnel Seniors' Society, taking on the President's job in 2015.  Doug previously served one-3 year term as a member of the Quesnel Community Foundation and looks forward to working with this very worthy organization again.

Both he and Sally keep busy with volunteering, travelling, and enjoying their involvement with two very active, very busy grandchildren.

  Brenda Gardiner - Director

Artist, photographer, writer, world traveler, designer, marriage commissioner, mother, grandmother

Brenda has been Project Coordinator for the Better At Home program for 8 years from its inception. She has a background in project management, sales, logistics and marketing, and was acting Band Manager for Nazko First Nation for 5 years.

She feels these skills, along with the ability to think outside the box are the reasons for success.

She won the Courage to Come Back award in 2014 in the social adversity category and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award in 2017.

She is currently a board member of Big Brothers and Sisters of Quesnel, and is the President of North Cariboo Seniors’ Council as well as being the Community Response Network Coordinator for Quesnel.



 Ed Coleman - Director

Ed Coleman is the current CEO for Barkerville Historic Town & Park and Cottonwood House Historic Site until June 2020, at that point Ed will be retiring and returning to his company Ed Coleman Consulting.  Ed has lived in Quesnel since 1990, and he and his wife Laurie Rice have 5 adult children that all benefited from growing up in our wonderful community of Quesnel.

Leadership roles have included:   City Councillor Councillor, Business Manager and Consultant, District Coordinator for School District 28, Computer Coordinator for Vancouver School District, and Computer Resources Manager and Assistant Controller for the Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour.

Community volunteer leadership experience has included:  Co-chair BC Heritage Properties Group, Post Secondary Education and Training Council, Vice-Chair and Director, Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation, Vice-President, WoodLINKS, Chair & Director Positions, Community Futures Development Corporation of the North Cariboo, Vice-President, North Cariboo Community Skills Centre, and President and Membership Coordinator Positions, British Columbia Business Education Association.

Ed feels the Community Foundation is a critical resource to the long-term sustainability strategy in the North Cariboo.

2001 Steering Committee

Francine Gaetz

Dalton Hooker

Harlene Hunt

Bob Jaskela

Bob Norman

Brian Rankin - President

Ron Rasmussen

Ron Silvey

Mary Sjostrom


Past Directors

Lisa Battram 2015-2018

Brian Black 2014-2020

Deb Burton 2018-2019

Bruce Broughton 2016 - 2020

Gayle Campbell 2017-2020

Alex Coffey 2008-2014

Dan Canuel 2010 - 2016

Sheri Coles 2010 - 2016

Dawn Debuc 2007-2008

Marty Duffy 2004-2007

Mel Dunleavey 2003-2006

Randy Evans 2001

Ellen Facey 2002-2008

Francine Gaetz 2001-2004

Margot Gagne 2014 -2017

Jim Gorsline 2015-2020

Debbie Grantham 2005-2008

Dalton Hooker 2001-2002

Roy Josephy 2009-2015

Shirley Keen 2009-2013

Tobias Lawrence 2008

Gloria Lazzarin 2001-2003

Bob Lebeck 2011-2017

Ray Levac 2012-2015

Chris McIver 2008-2009

Kevin McKelvie 2008-2014

Peter McLoughlin 2013-2015

Elizabeth Neave 2002-2008

Bob Norman 2001-2009

Bob Patrick 2001-2003

Brian Rankin 2001-2004, 2006-2010

Ron Rasmussen 2001-2008

John Rousseu 2004-2005

Doug Service 2009-2012, 2017-2020

Ron Silvey 2001-2006

Lorna Townsend 2006-2012

Simon Turner 2008-2010

Peter Walsh 2002-2008

Tom Weckworth 2015-2019

Neal Wells 2010-2011

Heather Wuensche 2012 -2017


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Phone: 250-985-1612
Email: quesnelcommunityfoundation@gmail.com
Charity Reg #: 88916 1717 RR0001
Quesnel Community Foundation
Mailing Address:
P.O.Box 4158
Quesnel BC V2J 3J2

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